There is no better role to play among the great than that of jester.
‹Denis Diderot›
Atlantis: the domain of the Stingray
27Apr
2014
Sun
19:17
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Quasimodo Geniti

John 20:19-31

Quasimodo Geniti 2014 Wordle
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

In the beginning, when God created man in His own image, he was formed from the dust of the ground. God the Potter had created perfection, the zenith of His creative work. God spoke, and there it was; “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth,” so in His image He made him, male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:26-27) So, from the good earth was man formed; however, the lifeless clay form stood before Him. Therefore, God “breathed into His nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7)

In the days of the Patriarchs, catastrophe comes to Job as his family is taken from him, his livestock is stolen, and he is covered from head to foot in painful boils. He confesses that it is God who gives and takes away. (cf. Job 1:21) He asks his wife if we should accept only good from God and not adversity. (cf. Job 2:10) Four of His friends come to comfort him and do a poor job. Eventually, Elihu, Job’s young and pretentious friend who speaks a pearl of wisdom from time to time, speaks to rebuke the other three friends. He then turns his attention to Job and says, “The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” (Job 33:4)

The prophet Ezekiel is taken to a valley by the Spirit of YHWH and set in the midst of it, full of dry bones. “Son of man, can these bones live?” The prophet was commanded to prophesy to the bones to come together and live.

So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them. Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army. (Ezekiel 37:1-10)
26Apr
2014
Sat
23:23
author: Stingray
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What I Did This Week, no. 17

He is Risen!

The week after Easter is a slower week compared the previous six. Lent tends to be busy, and gets busier as the season progresses. Culminating with Holy Week and the four days of services which ends with Easter, it almost seems as if things go a mile a minute. Then, Easter Monday arrives, and the time unwinds.

22Apr
2014
Tue
12:59
author: Stingray
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I Love Physics

why does it do that?

19Apr
2014
Sat
23:58
author: Stingray
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Easter Vigil

Mark 16:1-8

NOTE: This is the sermon I would have preached on the Easter Vigil had we held the service.

Name Year Wordle
In the name of Jesus. Amen.

It is finished! (John 19:30) Jesus commended His spirit into the Father’s hand, breathed His last, and died. The work of your salvation is accomplished, completed, finished. Christ has died, and in His death is the remission of all of your sins.

Now, the nails are removed and the corpse is taken down from the cross. His tattered body, full of holes, is cared for. A man named Joseph was given the task to care for the boy Jesus; another man named Joseph assumes the task to care for the body of Jesus. (cf. John 19:38)

His body is spiced and wrapped by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, to whom Jesus told that he must be born again by water and the Spirit. (cf. John 3:1-8) They place the body of Jesus in Joseph’s new tomb; no one else is buried there yet—it’s empty. The stone is rolled in front of the tomb, closing in the lone corpse.

23:57
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What I Did This Week, no. 16

Holy, Holy, Holy

It’s Holy Week, the high point of the church year. We began with shouts of Hosanna and end with a crucifixion and burial in the grave. Things culminated with the death of God on Friday—It is finished! And the new week will start with a bang as the seal of salvation is announced with, “He is risen!”

17Apr
2014
Thu
23:19
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Maundy Thursday

John 13:1-35

Maundy Thursday 2014 Wordle
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Every Wednesday this Lent, we have been reciting Psalm 51—the “Create in me a clean heart, O God,” Psalm. Every week, you have been saying verse 16, “For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.” (Psalm 51:16 KJV) That, coupled with the Gospel lesson appointed for Maundy Thursday presents a particular problem for many in this world, you included, I would say.

12Apr
2014
Sat
23:33
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What I Did This Week, no. 15

repair

This was a week filled with stuff to do, at least on the back half. Colorado Confessional Lutherans, church cleaning, even a cookout highlighted the activities. However, they all happened Thursday or later.

9Apr
2014
Wed
20:20
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Mid-week Lent V

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Calvary

Mid-week Lent V 2014 Wordle
In the name of Jesus. Amen.

The reading of any genealogy has underscoring it the very mortality of those on it. You look at the history of your family—your family tree—and names are almost always accompanied by a date or year of birth and a date and year of death. From generations past, men and women were born and died, begetting and birthing the next generation, all the way down to you. And they died.

6Apr
2014
Sun
16:04
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Judica

John 8:42-59

Judica 2014 Wordle
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear hearers, there are three in number which seek your overthrow—three beings or forces which seek to turn you away from God and the grace He has for you in Christ and the work Jesus did in His ministry and ultimately in His dying on the cross and rising again from the grave. These three use any means possible, drawing from their own resources, to lure you away from the truth and into the lie that leads to death and eternal damnation, to the place prepared for the devil and His angels. (cf. Matthew 25:41)

5Apr
2014
Sat
23:59
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What I Did This Week, no. 14

smoke and spice and busted hoses

Something busted this week. It can be fixed. It will be fixed. It’ll just take a little time...more like it’ll wait for the right time. Otherwise, this week has been pretty normal. I also got to barbecue again for the first time since January.

2Apr
2014
Wed
22:22
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Mid-week Lent IV

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - The Praetorium

Mid-week Lent IV 2014 Wordle
In the name of Jesus. Amen.

The Law was Given:

  • You shall have no other gods.
  • You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
  • Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
  • Honor your father and your mother.
  • You shall not murder.
  • You shall not commit adultery.
  • You shall not steal.
  • You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
  • You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.
  • You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

What does He say of these commandments? “I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” (Exodus 20:5-6)

14:46
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Improved Opinion

Mr. Wil Wheaton

Admittedly, my opinion of Wil Wheaton has always been colored by the roles that I've seen him play—Wesley Crusher on Next Generation, Dr. Isaac Parrish on Eureka, occasionally "himself" on Big Bang Theory—arrogant, self-righteous, pompous; type-cast as unlikable. This video has changed that; I have new-found respect for the man.